New student intake information

Despite the current school closure due to COVID-19 we are busy getting ready to welcome our new Year 7 intake in September 2020. We do not yet know when schools will reopen and we are very aware that we have a number of transition events scheduled including visits to primary schools, induction day and uniform fittings which are likely to be delayed.

Please be reassured that, if we have any updates on when the school will be open and when our transition activities can recommence, we will let you know via letter. If there is any change to the start of the new school year on Thursday 3rd September we will let you know as soon as is possible.

If you scroll down this page you will find information about oure core values together with some frequently asked questions.

We held our first Town Hall Meeting for parents and carers of our new Year 7 intake on the evening of Monday 18th May. If you were unable to join this virtual meeting, or if you wish to watch it again, you are able to do so by clicking here. Once the video has loaded please be aware that Mr Di Salvo's presentation begins after 3:00 minutes.

We understand this is a very stressful time and we want to try and make the transition as easy as possible under the circumstances.  If you have any further questions you think we could add to this page please email

Our Head of Year 7, Mrs Caroline Hawthorn, is also happy to answer any questions you have about your child starting with us.  Her email is

There will be some of you who have guided your children through the process of transition to secondary school before as well as others for whom this is a new, exciting and daunting time. Please do not worry. Reassure your child that we are excited to meet them and that we will do all that we can to ensure that any questions that they have about joining us are answered in advance.

We very much look forward to meeting you and your child and the start of your learning journey with us at Kettering Buccleuch Academy.

Please stay safe and healthy over this very challenging period.

Core Values

One of the most important things to talk to your child about before they join us are our Core Values of respect, ambition and determination.

These are outlined below for you.


Definition : a quality shown through thinking and acting in a positive way about yourself or others

Respect is the foundation of my attitude and behaviour

I will show respect by being polite to all other students and adults at all times

I will show respect by accepting the values, ideas and beliefs of others

I will show respect by following the academy’s rules and wearing my uniform with pride


Definition: a strong desire to achieve something

Ambition is needed in order for me to be successful

I will show ambition by thinking about my future and recognising that anything is possible with hard work.

I will show ambition by being the very best version of myself.

I will show ambition by believing in myself and striving for success.


​definition : the ability to continue trying to do something, although it is very difficult

Determination will ensure that I make the most of all opportunities offered at school

I will show determination by working hard in all my lessons

I will show determination by learning from mistakes and not giving up

I will show determination by taking on challenges and doing things outside my comfort zone

Frequently Asked Questions

My child is nervous about starting secondary school. What can I do to help?

If your child is nervous about starting secondary school this is quite normal. We will do all that we can to help them to settle in quickly at Kettering Buccleuch Academy.

In the meantime you can visit the BBC Bitesize website with your child to help them prepare for life in secondary school.

Can I request which House my child goes in?

No – this is randomly allocated unless you already have another child at KBA who is a full sibling.

When will I know what house my child will be going into?

Once all the application forms are returned we will work on house allocation.  This should be complete by the start of term 6 and letters will be posted out to you

If my child has a cousin or other family member apart from a sibling at KBA, will they go into the same House?

No – House allocation is by sibling link only. Children of staff who already work at the academy will also go into the same House.

My child has SEND needs – what information do I need to send to you/will you contact their primary school?

We are currently in the process of contacting all primary schools for any SEND information.  If you would like to email anything to us please do so to

How can I order uniform when you are closed and I do not know what size to order?

We are not taking uniform orders at present but will notify you as soon as we are in a position to do so and let you know when the uniform sizing events will take place

Apart from the uniform I can buy from KBA, what else do I need to purchase?

Please refer to our website:

What will my child need to bring on their first day?

Please equip your child with a full pencil case, including black, green and red biros, pencil, ruler, rubber, 2 highlighters and a scientific calculator as the basic items.  We will update this answer once the timetables have been completed if PE kit is also needed

When will Biometric fingerprints be set up as I’m concerned my child will not get lunch on her first day?

To avoid any issues with lunches on the first day please can you send your child with a packed lunch (if your child receives FSM we will provide their lunch).  Biometric fingerprints will be a priority on our first day

Will my child automatically get FSM if they received them now (at primary school)? 

You will have to apply at Northants County Council for free school meals for your child as this does not automatically roll over each year.  Please do this at your earliest convenience to avoid any delay.

When can I start using the Scopay account?

You should have received all the details to set your account up but please do not use this until we start back to school

How will my child know where to go on the first day?

We will have staff situated outside of the academy to direct new students into the theatre

I live outside of Kettering, do you run a bus service? This page will be updated as soon as Hamilton’s Coaches are back at work and can provide us with costs and routes

We were asked to complete a Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) form, when will we know what subject my child will be taught?

This will be added to their timetable and they will know on their first day of school


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